Will breastfeeding prevent me from getting pregnant?
Breastfeeding can prevent pregnancy under certain conditions. When breastfeeding is used to prevent pregnancy, it is called the lactational amenorrheic method, or LAM. Done properly, it can protect mothers from having another child while caring for a young baby. This also helps the second child by reducing the child's chances of being born premature or small. LAM is safe, free, and generally effective; mothers who use it properly have a low chance of getting pregnant. It can be combined with barrier methods for extra protection. LAM only works during the first six months after birth and before the baby has started solids, and only if the mother breastfeeds exclusively and frequently.